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Childbirth – Family Birthing Center

The Family Birthing Center

Whether it's your first pregnancy or you're a veteran of the delivery room, you'll be treated to the best birthing experience possible at our modern facility. Birthing Center suites come with special touches such as whirlpool tubs, small kitchenettes, comfortable furniture and more, so giving birth at Memorial Hospital is the best experience possible.

The Family Birthing Center supports and encourages women in the natural process of childbirth and breast-feeding, and birthing partners actively participate in the birth. Our practice offers nitrous oxide for using during labor. Mothers decide on their own visiting hours and set their own pace before going home. A quiet candlelight dinner for two is the final celebration for parents before they leave the hospital.

You and your baby will be cared for by our staff which includes physicians specializing in obstetrics, pediatrics and family practice, along with nurses certified in midwifery, obstetrics, childbirth education and lactation. You can count on quality personal care, combined with your family's involvement, in a medically safe environment.

Working together with community agencies, nurses provide extensive education and support, along with a connection to local family and child resources.

We also offer a variety of pre- and post-natal education and support programs for new families.

Childbirth Classes

Childbirth classes are held one Saturday each month. The classes are taught by staff from the Family Birthing Center.
2020 Class Dates: January 25, February 22, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 22, September 19, October 17, November 21 and December 19.

Breastfeeding Support Group

The breastfeeding support group meets every Thursday at 10AM at the Main Street Professional Building just south of the hospital on Route 16. The group is facilitated by lactation specialist Michelle Meader, IBCLC. Babies and siblings are welcome. Free and open to all mothers.

Certified nurse midwives

Today's certified nurse-midwife (CNM), a professional health care provider, is a registered nurse (RN) who has graduated from one of the advanced programs accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). In addition, nurse-midwives must pass a national certification examination and meet strict requirements set by state health agencies in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories.

Nurse-midwives can work in clinics, hospitals, or birthing centers. Many- like those at Women's Health at Memorial Hospital- work in private practices with physicians, while others are employed by the Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) or other types of health care plans.

The majority of deliveries by nurse-midwives occur in hospitals and birth centers. Nurse-midwives provide prenatal, postpartum, normal newborn care and routine gynecological care. While they are probably best known for how they help women during labor and delivery, they apply their philosophy of care in all settings and with women across their lifespan.

Maternity Care

At Women’s Health at Memorial Hospital you have a choice of receiving your care either from our certified nurse midwives or from one of our board-certified physicians.

Your initial visit will be scheduled with one of our midwives who will explain what you can expect during your pregnancy, perform a physical exam, and order any necessary laboratory or ultrasounds. As a convenience to our patients, we are able to obtain the necessary specimens for any labs while you are here in our office and send them to our laboratory for processing.

The midwife will explain the difference in philosophies between midwives and physicians and you can then choose your caregiver who will follow you through your pregnancy, perform your delivery (subject to the on-call schedule) and your postpartum exam.

Infertility Counseling

Infertility can be one of the most emotionally devastating experiences a couple can go through—which is one reason it has been a focus of our practice for over a decade. At least 10% of all couples experience infertility—that is, they’re unable to conceive or bring a pregnancy to full term after a year or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse—while another 10–25% of couples experience secondary infertility, the inability to conceive a child after a prior pregnancy.

If you are having trouble becoming pregnant, we will develop a thorough history, take the time to counsel you, and discuss the treatment options that may be appropriate for you. These options might include a hysterosalpingogram to determine if your tubes are clear, a count of your partner’s sperm, the use of fertility medications or intrauterine insemination.

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